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NCT Performs Regional Premiere


Contact: Steve Bianchi
Nashville Children’s Theatre
(615) 252-4658

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2013

Beautiful and humorous play inspired by the life and art of collage artist Della Wells

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) is excited to produce and perform the play Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly for school and family audiences.

Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly
Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2013

Public performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. (No show on Sunday, Jan. 27th)
For families and youth age 8 and up

An original play by Y York, Inspired by the life and art of Milwaukee collage artist Della Wells Tonia is an artistic 9 year-old with fantastic dreams of a giant future. Tonia's mom wants her to be like a doll, perfectly mannered and always the same size. Tonia's dad wants her to blend into the crowd in a world where African-Americans who stand tall are easier to cut down. But Tonia longs to soar. She knows that the best part of life and creativity is found where the colors blur. She believes it is okay to billow and fly, and that is where she feels both safe and whole. This regional premiere is an engaging and humorous look at family life inspired by the life and work of collage artist Della Wells.

This script was presented as a staged reading at New Visions/New Voices – a new play symposium hosted at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

NCT’s cast consists of Jessica Kuende, Bralyn Stokes, David Chattam, Aleta Myles and Alicia Haymer. Scenic and lighting design is by Scott Leathers. Costume design is by Patricia Taber.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Ida F. Cooney Fund for the Arts and the Craig Spain Fund for the Performing Arts from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Notes of interest:

  • On Saturday, February 2nd, artists Della Wells will be in attendance at NCT to participate in a Q & A with the audience and discuss the play and her art
  • Some of Della Wells’ art will be displayed in NCT’s lobby
  • The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission will host a gallery show of Della Wells’ art. (See below for details)


Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 615-252-4675.

  • Youth (up to age 17) and Senior (age 65 and up): $12
  • Adult: $19
  • Groups of ten or more: $11/person
  • Preview performance: $6/youth and $12/adult (see below)

Special Events

  • Preview Performance: Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30pm - NCT offers a preview performance of Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly. This performance has discounted pricing of $6/youth and $12/adult and senior, and is open to the public.
  • Opening Saturday: Saturday, Jan 26 – Prior to the 2pm performance on this day, NCT offers special show related activities. These activities are free.
  • Open Captioning: Saturday, Jan 26 – The 2pm performance will offer open captioning for patrons who are hard of hearing.
  • After-words: Saturday, Feb 2 – After the 2pm performance, we invite the audience to enjoy a Q & A with artist Della Wells, the cast, and some of the show’s technical staff to learn more about the show’s creation.

Metro Arts Gallery Showing of Della Wells Art

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) will host an exhibit of Della Wells’ art. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Dates: January 21 – March 1, 2013 (Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location: Metro Arts Gallery is located on the 4th Floor of the Metro Office Building at 800 2nd Ave S. Please bring a valid ID to check in with security.

A special artist reception will be held at Metro Arts Gallery on Friday, February 1 from 2pm to 4pm. Ms. Wells will be in attendance. This reception is open to the public.

Metro Arts is the leading advocate for arts in the Nashville area. Fulfilling our mission to stimulate and advance the arts and to showcase the work of undiscovered and under-represented artists, the Metro Arts Gallery hosts two- and three-dimensional exhibitions year-round in its high-vaulted, light-filled corridor.

2012-13 Season Subscriptions on sale

NCT offers subscriptions consisting of three or more shows. Patrons can choose how many tickets they want for each individual show in their subscription, giving families the freedom to customize their ticket needs based on the ages and interests of their children.

Subscribers receive great benefits such as:

  • Additional tickets at a discounted rate of $12 throughout the 2012-13 season
  • Free ticket exchange within the run of a show
  • Early-bird registration and a 10% savings on all NCT 2012-13 drama classes and camps

The Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission provides funding support for NCT’s season of shows as does Target, The Memorial Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

About Nashville Children’s Theatre 

Nashville Children’s Theatre is a professional theatre company providing the children, families and educators of Middle Tennessee with extraordinary shared theatrical experiences that inspire imagination, develop creativity, and build community. NCT was founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville and is recognized as the oldest professional children’s theater in the country. A national leader in professional theater arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME magazine as one of the top five children’s theaters in the country.